According to statistics, people aged 21 to 30 accounted for 28% of the victims of shopping scams, compared to 4% who are between 61 and 70 years old and only 2% who are over 70 years old. People between the ages of 21 and 30 are the most likely to have reported being scammed in recent months, according to a major bank. In a technical support scam, scammers call, claiming to be a computer technician from a well-known company or its Internet service provider, and say that there are viruses or other malware on your computer. They spend hours investigating you to detect their scams, hoping that you'll let your guard down for a moment, explains UK Finance.
Although young people aged 21 to 30 are the most likely victims in Barclays scam complaints, accounting for 29% of cases, people tend to assume that older people are more likely to be scammed, according to the bank. One of the most common scams targeting older people involves unscrupulous companies that claim to sell comprehensive health plans. Many impersonate companies or organizations such as Royal Mail or HMRC to convince identity theft scams, while others are even more insidious and pose as a family member or friend to ask them for personal information or money. Always call the person or company at a trusted and validated number to confirm that they really are that person and, if you detect a scam, report it to the police to protect you and others.